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Coding Blocks

Allen Underwood, Michael Outlaw, Joseph Zack

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The world of computer programming is vast in scope. There are literally thousands of topics to cover and no one person could ever reach them all. One of the goals of the Coding Blocks podcast is to introduce a number of these topics to the audience so they can learn during their commute or while cutting the grass. We will cover topics such as best programming practices, design patterns, coding for performance, object oriented coding, database design and implementation, tips, tricks and a who ...
 
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With Game Ja-Ja-Ja-Jamuary coming up, we discuss what makes a game engine, while Michael’s impersonation is spot-on, Allen may really just be Michael, and Joe already has the title of his next podcast show at the ready. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode173. Sponsors Linode – Sign up for $100 …
 
We wrap up the discussion on partitioning from our collective favorite book, Designing Data-Intensive Applications, while Allen is properly substituted, Michael can’t stop thinking about Kafka, and Joe doesn’t live in the real sunshine state. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode172. Sponsors Dat…
 
We crack open our favorite book again, Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppmann, while Joe sounds different, Michael comes to a sad realization, and Allen also engages “no take backs”. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode171. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day tr…
 
The Mathemachicken strikes again for this year’s shopping spree, while Allen just realized he was under a rock, Joe engages “no take backs”, and Michael ups his decor game. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode170. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog t-…
 
We discuss the pros and cons of speaking at conferences and similar events, while Joe makes a verbal typo, Michael has turned over a new leaf, and Allen didn’t actually click the link. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode169. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a fre…
 
Joe goes full shock jock, but only for a moment. Allen loses the "Most Tips In A Single Episode: 2021" award, and Michael didn't get the the invite notification in this week's episode. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode168. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a fre…
 
Some things just require discussion, such as Docker’s new licensing, while Joe is full of it, Allen *WILL* fault them, and Michael goes on the record. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode167. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day trial and get a free Datadog t-shirt after creating y…
 
We step away from our microservices deployments to meet around the water cooler and discuss the things on our minds, while Joe is playing Frogger IRL, Allen “Eeyores” his way to victory, and Michael has some words about his keyvoard, er, kryboard, leybaord, ugh, k-e-y-b-o-a-r-d! The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codi…
 
We decide to dig into the details of what makes a microservice and do we really understand them as Joe tells us why we really want microservices, Allen incorrectly answers the survey, and Michael breaks down in real time. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode165. Stop by, check it out, and join t…
 
We dive into JetBrains’ findings after they recently released their State of the Developer Ecosystem for 2021 while Michael has the open down pat, Joe wants the old open back, and Allen stopped using the command line. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode164. Stop by, check it out, and join the c…
 
It’s time to take a break, stretch our legs, grab a drink, and maybe even join in some interesting conversations around the water cooler as Michael goes off script, Joe is very confused, and Allen insists that we stay on script. The full show notes for this episode are available at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode163. Stop by, check it out, and…
 
We wrap up our replication discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications, this time discussing leaderless replication strategies and issues, while Allen missed his calling, Joe doesn’t read the gray boxes, and Michael lives in a future where we use apps. If you’re reading this via your podcast player, you can find this episode’s full show not…
 
We continue our discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications, this time focusing on multi-leader replication, while Joe is seriously tired, and Allen is on to Michael’s shenanigans. For anyone reading this via their podcast player, this episode’s show notes can be at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode161, where you can join the conversatio…
 
We dive back into Designing Data-Intensive Applications to learn more about replication while Michael thinks cluster is a three syllable word, Allen doesn’t understand how we roll, and Joe isn’t even paying attention. For those that like to read these show notes via their podcast player, we like to include a handy link to get to the full version of…
 
We couldn’t decide if we wanted to gather around the water cooler or talk about some cool APIs, so we opted to do both, while Joe promises there’s a W in his name, Allen doesn’t want to say graph, and Michael isn’t calling out applets. For all our listeners that read this via their podcast player, this episode’s show notes can be found at https://w…
 
We talk about the various ways we can get paid with code while Michael failed the Costco test, Allen doesn’t understand multiple choice questions, and Joe has a familiar pen name. This episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode158, where you can join the conversation, for those reading this via their podcast player. S…
 
We discuss all things APIs: what makes them great, what makes them bad, and what we might like to see in them while Michael plays a lawyer on channel 46, Allen doesn’t know his favorite part of the show, and Joe definitely pays attention to the tips of the week. For those reading this episode’s show notes via their podcast player, you can find this…
 
We discuss the parts of the scrum process that we’re supposed to pay attention to while Allen pronounces the m, Michael doesn’t, and Joe skips the word altogether. If you’re reading this episode’s show notes via your podcast player, just know that you can find this episode’s show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode156. Stop by, check it o…
 
During today’s standup, we focus on learning all about Scrum as Joe is back (!!!), Allen has to dial the operator and ask to be connected to the Internet, and Michael reminds us why Blockbuster failed. If you didn’t know and you’re reading these show notes via your podcast player, you can find this episode’s show notes in their original digital glo…
 
We dig into recursion and learn that Michael is the weirdo, Joe gives a subtle jab, and Allen doesn’t play well with others while we dig into recursion. This episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode154, for those that might be reading this via their podcast player. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 day …
 
It’s been a minute since we last gathered around the water cooler, as Allen starts an impression contest, Joe wins said contest, and Michael earned a participation award. For those following along in their podcast app, this episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode153. Sponsors Datadog – Sign up today for a free 14 d…
 
We dig into all things Python, which Allen thinks is pretty good, and it’s rise in popularity, while Michael and Joe go toe-to-toe over a gripe, ahem, feature. We realize that you _can_ use your podcast player to read these notes, but if you didn’t know, this episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode152. Check it out…
 
We step back to reflect on what we learned from our first game jam, while Joe’s bathroom is too close and Allen taught Michael something (again). Stop squinting to read this via your device’s podcast player. This episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode151, where you can join the conversation. Sponsors Datadog – Sig…
 
We discuss all things open-source, leaving Michael and Joe to hold down the fort while Allen is away, while Joe’s impersonations are spot on and Michael is on a first name basis, assuming he can pronounce it. This episode of the Coding Blocks podcast is about the people and organizations behind open-source software. We talk about the different ince…
 
We start off the year discussing our favorite developer tools of 2020, as Joe starts his traditions early, Allen is sly about his résumé updates, and Michael lives to stream. For those that read the show notes via their podcast player and find themselves wondering where they can find these show notes on their computer, the answer is simple: https:/…
 
It’s the end of 2020. We’re all tired. So we phone it in for the last episode of the year as we discuss the State of the Octoverse, while Michael prepared for the wrong show (again), Allen forgot to pay his ISP bill and Joe’s game finished downloading. In case you’re wondering where you can find these show notes in all there 1:1 pixel digital glory…
 
We discuss the things we’re excited about for 2021 as Michael prepared for a different show, Joe can’t stop looking at himself, and Allen gets paid by the tip of the week. For those that aren’t in the know, these show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode147. Stop by and join the conversation. Sponsors Command Line Heroes – A p…
 
We learn all the necessary details to get into the world of developer game jams, while Michael triggers all parents, Allen’s moment of silence is oddly loud, and Joe hones his inner Steve Jobs. If you’re reading these show notes via your podcast player and wondering where you can find them in your browser, well wonder no more. These show notes can …
 
We wrap up our deep dive into The DevOps Handbook, while Allen ruined Halloween, Joe isn’t listening, and Michael failed to… forget it, it doesn’t even matter. If you’re reading this via your podcast player, this episode’s full show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode145 where you can join the conversation, as well find past …
 
It’s our favorite time of year where we discuss all of the new ways we can spend our money in time for the holidays, as Allen forgets a crucial part, Michael has “neons”, and Joe has a pet bear. Reading this via your podcast player? If so, you can find this episode’s full show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode144, where you can join the…
 
We dive into the benefits of enabling daily learning into our processes, while it's egregiously late for Joe, Michael's impersonation is awful, and Allen's speech is degrading. This episode’s show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode143, for those reading this via their podcast player, where you can join the conversation. Spon…
 
We wrap up the second way from The DevOps Handbook, while Joe has a mystery episode, Michael doesn’t like ketchup, and Allen has a Costco problem. These show notes, in all of their full sized digital glory, can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode142, where you can join the conversation, for those using their podcast player to read this…
 
We gather around the water cooler to discuss some random topics, while Joe sends too many calendar invites, Allen interferes with science, and Michael was totally duped. If you’re reading these show notes via your podcast player, you can find this episode’s full show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode141. As Joe would say, check it out a…
 
We learn the secrets of a safe deployment practice while continuing to study The DevOps Handbook as Joe is a cartwheeling acrobat, Michael is not, and Allen is hurting, so much. For those of you that are reading these show notes via their podcast player, you can find this episode’s full show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode140. Sponsor…
 
We’re using telemetry to fill in the gaps and anticipate problems while discussing The DevOps Handbook, while Michael is still weird about LinkedIn, Joe knows who’s your favorite JZ, and Allen might have gone on vacation. You can find these show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode139, in case you’re reading these within your podcast playe…
 
It’s all about telemetry and feedback as we continue learning from The DevOps Handbook, while Joe knows his versions, Michael might have gone crazy if he didn’t find it, and Allen has more than enough muscles. For those that use their podcast player to read these show notes, did you know that you can find them at https://www.codingblocks.net/episod…
 
Our journey into the world of DevOps continues with The DevOps Handbook as Michael doesn’t take enough tangents, Joe regrets automating the build, err, wait never regrets (sorry), and ducks really like Allen. If you’re reading these show notes via your podcast player, you can find this episode’s full show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/episo…
 
We begin our journey into the repeatable world of DevOps by taking cues from The DevOps Handbook, while Allen loves all things propane, Joe debuts his “singing” career with his new music video, and Michael did a very bad, awful thing. These show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode136 for those reading this via their podcast p…
 
We review the Stack Overflow Developer Survey in the same year it was created for the first time ever, while Joe has surprising news about the Hanson Brothers, Allen doesn’t have a thought process, and Michael’s callback is ruined. If you’re reading these show notes via your podcast player, you can find this episode’s full show notes and join the c…
 
As we learn from Google about how to navigate a code review, Michael learns to not give out compliments, Joe promises to sing if we get enough new reviews, and Allen introduces a new section to the show. For those reading this via their podcast player, this episode’s full show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode134. Sponsors …
 
We learn what to look for in a code review while reviewing Google’s engineering practices documentation as Michael relates patterns to choo-choos, Joe has a “weird voice”, and Allen has a new favorite portion of the show. Are you reading this via your podcast player? You can find this episode’s full show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/episod…
 
We dig into Google’s engineering practices documentation as we learn how to code review while Michael, er, Fives is done with proper nouns, Allen can’t get his pull request approved, and Joe prefers to take the average of his code reviews. In case you’re reading this via your podcast player, this episode’s full show notes can be found at https://ww…
 
We gather around the water cooler at 6 foot distances as Michael and Joe aren’t sure what they streamed, we finally learn who has the best fries, at least in the US, and Allen doesn’t understand evenly distributing your condiments. For those reading this via their podcast player, this episode’s full show notes can be found at https://www.codingbloc…
 
We dig into the details of how databases use B-trees as we continue our discussion of Designing Data-Intensive Applications while Michael’s description of median is awful, live streaming isn’t for Allen, and Joe really wants to bring us back from the break. For those reading this via their podcast player, this episode’s full show notes can be found…
 
Since we can’t leave the house, we discuss what it takes to effectively work remote while Allen’s frail body requires an ergonomic keyboard, Joe finally takes a passionate stance, and Michael tells them why they’re wrong. Reading these show notes via your podcast player? You can find this episode’s full show notes at https://www.codingblocks.net/ep…
 
It’s time to learn about SSTables and LSM-Trees as Joe feels pretty zacked, Michael clarifies what he was looking forward to, and Allen has opinions about Dr Who. These show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode128 where you be a part of the conversation, in case you’re reading this via your podcast player. Sponsors Datadog.com…
 
In this episode, Allen is back, Joe knows his maff, and Michael brings the jokes, all that and more as we discuss the internals of how databases store and retrieve the data we save as we continue our deep dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications. If you’re reading these show notes via your podcast player, did you know that you can find them …
 
Jamie from https://dotnetcore.show/ and Allen, ya know, from Coding Blocks, sat down together at NDC London to talk about the hot topics from the conference as well as how to get the most out of any conference you attend. If you're reading this episodes show notes via your podcast player, you can find this episode's full show notes at https://www.c…
 
We dive into declarative vs imperative query languages as we continue to dive into Designing Data-Intensive Applications while Allen is gallivanting around London, Michael had a bullish opinion, and Joe might not know about The Witcher. If you’re reading this episodes show notes via your podcast player, you can find this episode’s full show notes a…
 
While we continue to dig into Designing Data-Intensive Applications, we take a step back to discuss data models and relationships as Michael covers all of his bases, Allen has a survey answer just for him, and Joe really didn’t get his tip from Reddit. This episode’s full show notes can be found at https://www.codingblocks.net/episode124, in case y…
 
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